Photo by M. Runion
of 2003 . . at the Sun Shoppe and Cafe in Downtown Melbourne, FL with a
Martin 00C-1E . .
the perfect acoustic guitar.
Terry has shared a stage or beer with:
(New York and New Jersey)
Billy Hector, The Fairlanes,
Ernest "Boom" Carter, "Big"
Danny Gallagher, "Mad Dog" Vini
Lopez, Dave Meyer, Suzan Lastovica, Paul Whistler and the Wheels, Barbecue
Bob and the Spareribs, Casual T's,"Chill Boy," and Joel De La Joussaye.
(National and Florida Artists)
John (No Nukes/Orleans/Congressman)
Sam Pacetti, Ken
Perlman, Rod MacDonald,
Rogers, Upsala, Mindy
Simmons, Grant Livingston,
Diane Ward, Sunset Beach Pete and Raiford Stark, Rich
Mermer, Bobby Hicks, and Jess Pillmore.
(Georgia and Florida)
Larry Smith, Austin Church, Mike
and Malina Runion, "Java"
Dogs, Acoustic Alliance,
Robin and Eddy, Charley
Groth, Taylor Made, Paul Gerardi,
Jon Semmes, Barry Brogan, Big
Red and the Bus, Stormcrow Sanders, Patti Lewis,
Brad Keeler and Kim Roque, Marianne Fleming,
Bill and Eli Perras, One
Street Over, Yvonne and Hoagie, Steve
Hodak, Rocky D'Andrea, Brian McCahill, Bob Parker, Dave Clark, Dana
Barbour, Amber and David, Janet,
Caitlin, and Logan Reedy, Dave Grooms, Carolann Wright, Karen Wisehart, Matt
"Guitar" Riley, Jennifer Tidwell, Tommy
Thompson, Steve Drummond, Susan Graham, Sheryl
Paige, Leon Olguin,
norm mcdonald, Bud Ball, Kris Nichols, Susie Cool, and over a hundred more of
the best acoustic
performers in Florida and the U.S.
Oh . . and one great rock and
roll band called roger . . Houston!
Terry has performed at:
(Las Vegas, March, 2002)
Mirage Hotel and Casino (Long Story!)
1. Kool Beanz Coffeehouse,
Cocoa Village (Over 160 appearances . . more or less)
2. Java the Hut, Indian
WFIT 89.5 FM, (NPR), Melbourne
Melbourne Arts Festival
Earth Awareness Festival, Cocoa
7. Sanford Heritage Festival
of Florida Folk Benefits
9. Artist Support Benefits, Brevard County
10. Fall Arts Fair, Cocoa Village
11. Books-A-Million, Merritt Island
12. Appleton's Family Folk Cafe, Lake Mary
13. Indian River Coffee Company,
14. Island Coffee, Cocoa Village
15. Kloiber's, Titusville
16. Cpt. Katanna's, Palm Shores (Melbourne)
17. Daily Grind Coffeehouse, Vero
18. Dreamweaver Coffeehouse, Cocoa Beach
19. The Sun Shoppe and
Bakery, Orlando (area)
21. Matt's Cigar Pub, Indian Harbour Beach
22. Gallery Walk, Cocoa Village
23. June Park Baptist Church, West Melbourne
24. Ozzie's Northside, Grant
25. Deland Original Music Festival
27. Sessions 31 Television, Melbourne
28. Beachside Live
Original Music Festival, Daytona Beach
29. Bernkastels, Daytona Beach
30. Jerry Daze "Tribute
to Jerry Garcia," Brevard
Pub, Orlando (w/Jennifer
32. Banana Breeze, Merritt Island
33. Steve's Downtown Music,
34. Village Perks, Cocoa Village
35. All That Jazz Cafe, Cocoa
36. WMNF Radio, Tampa
Tiki, Sunset Beach (St. Pete)
38. King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne, FL.
(Greenwich Village/NY, 1985-'88)
1. The Speak Easy
The Red Lion
3. Sun Mountain Cafe
4. Folk City
5. The Knitting Factory
6. The Backfence
(New Jersey, 1985-'88)
1. Benefit for Friends of Animals, Asbury Park
2. The Deck House, Asbury Park
3. Wallace's, West Orange
4. Tierney's, Montclair
5. Cedar Grove Inn,
(Georgia, Valdosta, 1978-'84)
a. Whitehead Auditorium
b. Blazer Cafe (w/Barry Drake)
c. Langdale Hall*
d. Georgia Hall*
e. Hopper Hall* (Bose and Kelly)
2. The Deli-Bar
3. Hoagie's Bistro
4. The Mill House
5. Mathis Auditorium
7. The Crescent House
8. WVSC TV
9. Webster St. #7
(Atlanta, May of 2003)
(Best Acoustic/Singer-Songwriter Venue in the Southeast)
Semi-Professional Music Career Bio?
is the official, authorized Terry Kelly music career bio. For the unofficial, unauthorized,
and unknowingly more indepth autobiography, check out his infinitely interesting
and sometimes entertaining life story entitled, Acoustic
Guitars and Broken Hearts.
Terry Kelly grew up in Champaign,
Illinois and on a road called Route 66, during the 1960s and was influenced
at a very young age by the Beatles
and Bob Dylan. He got his first
guitar and started writing songs while a student at Valdosta
State College (now University) in Valdosta, Georgia, where he earned a Fine
Arts Degree in Radio/Television Journalism.
Fellow soccer player and
Tom Bosse and Kelly formed an acoustic/folk-rock duo at Valdosta State and became
popular performers around campus, mostly at the girl's dorms. Bosse and Kelly
had a local hit song, which they wrote, called "Carolina Dreams"
(AKA: Carolina Blue). They covered the music of the
Eagles, Poco, America,
Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg,
Neil Young and James
Taylor, before parting ways in 1980.
After graduation, Terry worked
as a sports writer and attempted to "make it" as a professional soccer
player. Three years later, he began a long journey as a solo-acoustic/folk,
contemporary singer-songwriter with a mix of Beatles, Bob Dylan, Monty Python, Woody Guthrie, and Woody Allen personality.
But, it was Nanci Griffith
and Bruce Springsteen's
music that would influence his performing and songwriting most of all.
His journey would take him to New Jersey, Greenwich Village, and the metro
NYC area in the fall of 1985.
After playing week nights around the Village he became a regular weekend
performer at New Jersey venues, from the Deck House in Asbury Park to Tierney's
He was often the opening act for Billy
Hector and the Fairlanes, Big Danny and the Boppers, Barbecue Bob and the
Spareribs, and all the Jersey blues players who were made up of former Springsteen
and Southside Johnny
His best guitar and winter coat were stolen in the city
during the winter of '88 and then a shot at a Columbia Records (long-shot) recording
deal fizzled. John Hammond's secretary suggested that he move to Nashville?
Soon the New York area's
snow and freezing rain sent him and his musical journey back to the sunny South
and his current home in (Brevard County) Central and Eastern Florida, where he
now writes and performs more than ever and has recorded three self-released and non-released albums
and been featured on two "various artists" CDs of original folk music.
His "Across America"
album (2001), has been featured on Folk/Americana and Roots programs in Belgium,
Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, South Africa, and in America on College
and Public Radio and is a favorite download on iTunes and amazon.com allover the world.
has found a regular spot alongside Ralph
McTell, Maddy Prior, Kate
Rusby, and Ian Anderson on Genevieve
Tudor's "Sunday Folk" program on the BBC, Radio 2 Network
in the U.K.
Terry Kelly has come a long way from his early days
listening to the first Beatle albums and trying to look like Paul McCartney back in Champaign, Illinois. In many respects
he's just getting started. Didn't the Beatles get started with airplay on BBC
Ironically in 2011, Terry found out that he is actually a cousin to Sir Paul McCartney!
"I could be smarter than Einstein . . I've got a lot of
theories about my relatives!" -lyrics from "Romeo and Juliet"
Terrance Kelley (ASCAP).
Pastel and color pencil art by Terrance Kelley
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